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Familiar foe, familiar heartbreak PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:48

State champion Menomonee Falls’ late rally leaves Grafton baseball team with another season-ending loss

No one would blame the Grafton Black Hawks if they prefer not facing Menomonee Falls on the baseball diamond for a while.sports1

For the third straight year Monday, the teams tangled in the WIAA playoffs, and the Hawks were handed a season-ending loss.

This time, Falls prevailed with a 2-1, walk-off win in a pitcher-dominated sectional semifinal at Germantown that could have easily gone the other way.

“It’s frustrating, but we gave Falls a great game,” Grafton coach Brian Durst said.

“We had our chances, but we just didn’t hit the ball well. We couldn’t get anything going offensively, which was the big story for us.”

Shaky defense at inopportune times also cost the Hawks, including on the final play.

The game was knotted at 1-1 when Falls mounted the decisive rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Allen rules Fish Day run PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:44

Former PWHS standout races to top overall honors;  Depies wins women’s title

Scott Allen and Kiera Depies raced to top honors in the 31st annual Fish Day 8-kilometer run in Port Washington last Saturday.sports2

Allen, a former Port Washington High School standout runner who lives in Milwaukee, was the overall winner with a time of 26 minutes, 54 seconds.

Depies, a former Cedar Grove-Belgium High School standout who lives in Platteville, was the first woman across the finish line. She was clocked in 31:45.

The 8K race and a 2-mile run/walk are held as a fundraiser that benefits Portal Inc.

The 8K race had 452 entrants, 421 of whom finished.

The first-place 8K team was TROP, whose top five finishers were Dominic Maio, Rod Hacksaw, Brian Schafer, Nick Michalowski and Nicholas Bath. They had a combined time of 2:20:06.

The fastest 8K runner with a stroller was Brian Udovich of Oconomowoc.

Encore shutout gives Hawks regional crown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:32

Lukas’ second 3-0 gem against Homestead propels Grafton into sectional play

Adam Lukas and his Grafton teammates entered the seventh inning of a WIAA regional baseball final against Homestead last Friday with everything on the line.sports3

Not only were the visiting Black Hawks on the verge of a shutout win over a higher-seeded foe, Lukas was flirting with a no-hitter.

The senior right-hander had to settle for a two-hitter, but his strong arm led the way in a 3-0 victory that advanced Grafton into this week’s sectional round.

“It’s all about Adam’s preparation,” said Grafton coach Brian Durst, whose team protected an early lead to secure its second straight shutout win over Homestead in 11 days.

“He’s at another level of play right now that makes him so tough.”

Lukas, who accepted a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Evansville, blanked Homestead, 3-0, on five hits in a North Shore Conference game July 5.

His control wasn’t as sharp in the rematch, as Homestead drew six walks and had two batters hit by pitches. However, the third-seeded Highlanders were hitless through 6-1/3 innings.

“Adam didn’t have the greatest control, but he was still throwing hard and keeping their hitters off balance,” Durst said.

The sixth-seeded Hawks’ defense also chipped in with an errorless performance.

Grafton withstood the Highlanders’ final comeback bid in the bottom of the seventh.

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